1981 - Nancy begins her educational journey in the arts by taking her first movement classes, ballet and tap.
1999- Nancy graduates magna cum laude from Meredith College with her BA degree in Dance Education, also earning her NC K-12 Certificate in Dance Education.
2004 - Nancy completes her Master of Arts studies at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, magna cum laude.
2005 -Nancy teaches at the esteemed Harkness Dance Center's 92nd St Y, Brooklyn Ballet & Peridance Capezio Center.
2008 -Nancy coordinates programs for Peridance Capezio Center and Brooklyn Ballet. She also begins instructing after school dance classes at UNIS - the United Nations International School in Manhattan.
2009 - Nancy begins her work as a teaching artist in inner city schools in both Brooklyn and Manhattan with DanceWave and Mark Degarmo & Dancers.
2011- Nancy earns her 225 hour Hatha Yoga Certification, and an additional 35 hour Vinyasa Flow training.
2014 - Nancy recognizes a need in Southern Brunswick County for increased art education, particularly in movement education and opens Movement Works, a holistic dance, yoga and martial arts center.
2015 - Nancy forms Community Movement Alliance to make movement education accessible to everybody who seeks , a holistic, restorative approach to health, happiness, and success.
Her focus on education, community involvement and service is vital to our mission.
Our Vice President manages our planning and business development projects.
meet our faculty
All of our programs are taught by esteemed, experienced, faculty who all work toward the same goal, no matter the movement discipline.
Research shows that students who study dance are more self-motivated, disciplined, focused, expressive, creative, and imaginative.
mission & vision
We are committed to cultivating the physical and emotional well-being of children and their families in the community through the disciplines of dance and yoga.
Melissa Slaven Warren
Our board secretary uses her PR and writing background to keep us in the public eye.
My entire career has centered around two of the best gifts on earth, music and movement. At age 3 I was introduced to dance, which became not only my passion but inspired my entire career path. As a teen, I discovered the transformational power of yoga and began to understand how it relates to all facets of our lives. It is now my goal to share these inspirational disciplines with each child and their families that are a part of not only our small coastal community but of our global community.
William "Bill" Warren
A percussionist since the age of 12, he knows the importance of nurturing young talent.
NANCY S. SMITH, FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Elaine Waldman Simpson
Her background in the arts and education helps us reach the kids we need to reach.